Navigating the Festive Frenzy: A Survival Guide
Ah, the festive season—a time of joy, merriment, and often, a touch of chaos.
As the holidays approach, it's essential to equip yourself with the right strategies to not only survive but truly thrive during this whirlwind of festivities.
Too many late nights, a never-ending list of tasks, boozy parties, not enough money, sugar overload and the stress of trying to ‘do it all and please everyone,’ can really take its toll on your health (both mentally and physically).
We have compiled a few tips to help you navigate the seasonal storm….
Set realistic expectations…
The holidays aren't about perfection. Embrace the imperfections, and set realistic expectations for yourself. Whether it's about the perfect decorations, the ideal gift, or flawless family gatherings, understand that imperfections are what make these moments memorable.
Create a budget and stick to it…
Financial stress can put a damper on the holiday spirit. Set a reasonable budget for gifts, decorations, and festivities, and stick to it. Thoughtful and meaningful gifts often outweigh extravagant ones, and your wallet will thank you.
Amid the hustle and bustle, don't forget to take care of yourself. Schedule moments of self-care, whether it's a quiet walk, reading a book, or enjoying a bubble bath.
Taking care of your well-being will help you navigate the season with a clearer mind and a more joyful heart.
Delegate and share responsibilities…
You don't have to be a one-person holiday miracle. Delegate tasks and responsibilities to family members or friends. Whether it's cooking, decorating, or planning activities, sharing the load creates a sense of unity and reduces stress.
Not every gathering needs an extravagant feast, and not every gift needs to be extravagant. Embrace simplicity in your celebrations. Small, meaningful gestures often leave a more lasting impact than grand displays.
Be considerate of others and their needs….
Christmas can be a difficult time for some people and not everyone embraces the season with festive cheer. Be mindful of how others may be feeling and allow them to celebrate in the way they feel comfortable.
Learn to say no…..
It's okay to decline invitations or additional responsibilities if it becomes overwhelming. Saying no is not a sign of weakness but a demonstration of self-awareness and the importance of your well-being.
If travel or in-person gatherings are challenging, utilise technology to connect with loved ones virtually. Video calls, virtual games, or even a shared online movie night can help bridge the distance and keep the festive spirit alive.
Don’t be too harsh on yourself about what you eat and try to be mindful that it is just one day (or maybe a few days!).
A few days of over-eating barely makes much difference to your weight, like you don’t get a six-pack overnight!
If you’re diet aware, then maybe you could try the 80:20 principle which means you eat nutritious foods 80 percent of the time (which of course the traditional Christmas roast is full protein, vegetables, don't forget the sprouts, and fibre) and then you can enjoy the festive treats with the other 20 percent… with no feelings of remorse!
Focus on gratitude…..
Amidst the chaos, take a moment each day to reflect on what you're grateful for. Gratitude has a powerful impact on your overall well-being and can shift your focus from stressors to the positive aspects of the season.
Celebrate your way….
Finally, remember that the holidays are a time for joy and celebration. Create traditions that resonate with you and your loved ones. Whether it's a cosy night by the fire or an adventurous outing, make the festivities uniquely yours.
Here’s some tips/advice from the Naimuri team, about how they navigate the festive season:
“Every year I put the decs up, close the curtains and put christmas songs on full blast and just dance and howl along to the music. This is followed by a traditional snowball whilst watching It's a Wonderful life and Scrooged. I do it every year.
I suppose the main thing is to take the time for silence. It's ok to say you need time away from the bustle, just as long as it's done in a healthy way. Have your support people as well. Christmas can be triggers for a lot of people, remember those with PTSD and fireworks? If you are a support person remember you can make suggestions, but don't expect people to follow your advice, every person is different and you can't make them conform to what makes you happy”.
“My husband has a very big and complex family and they’re all quite demanding at Christmas time. Since we’ve had kids we’ve had to be a little selfish over how we spend our time, or we’d spend days travelling over the UK. That is hard for me as a people pleaser, but we have had to focus on the kids and our family unit and making sure we all get to enjoy the festive period, relax and spend time together”.
'I love how the festive break provides a 'full-stop' to the year, and a great chance to relax and recharge ahead of a new year... So, this Christmas, I'm hoping to spend some time working on my SHED... (No, not the 'man-cave', but my Sleep, Hydration, Exercise, and Diet.)
Whilst I try to keep an eye on this all year round, having 4-5 days off straight gives me the opportunity to give myself a good head-start for the next twelve months...'
“I love a good party, but always end up burnt out by Xmas day. This year I have decided to say no to certain events and only attend the ones I really want to. I am also making sure I have some self-care/relaxation days too. There is so much pressure to do everything, but listen to your body and do what feels right for you”.
By incorporating these tips into your holiday routine, hopefully you’ll survive the festive season but also create lasting memories filled with joy, gratitude, and a sense of accomplishment. Cheers to a happy and harmonious celebration!